Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Dec
2016
6

Welcome Words: LiUNA’s Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members’ Native Languages

Welcome Words: LiUNA's Toronto Local Offering Training, Testing in New Members' Native Languages
  Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 506 in Toronto is doing its part to reach out to immigrant workers. For some members, that includes training and testing in their native language.  “If we get a call for a specific training need, even something we don’t offer all the time, we’ll organize it [&hellip...
Aug
2015
13

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued

Immigrants in U.S. on H-2b Visas Exposed to Asbestos in IL; $1.8M Fine Issued
  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has fined Joseph Kehrer nearly $1.8 million for exposing foreign workers to asbestos without proper training, equipment, or instruction.  Keher is the owner of Kehrer Brothers Construction and a Kehrer-affiliated company, D7 Roofing, which hired the workers from Mexico to perform...
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Aug
2015
10

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant

AFL-CIO Pres. Trumka Says Reforming Abusive Guestworker Visa Programs is Pro-Immigrant
  In a recent op-ed for The Huffington Post, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argues that demanding guestworker reform is, in fact, pro-immigrant.  As the debate on immigration continues on its path to nowhere, special interests are attempting to convince the public that the desire to reform broken visa programs is an anti-worker stance. But...
Aug
2015
5

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies

A Dollar a Day Keeps ICE Away: LA Times Exposes Imprisoned Immigrants Working for Pennies
  A story from Monday’s Los Angeles Times highlights a growing problem in our country’s family detention centers: detainees are being paid as little as $1 a day through a voluntary work program. Some even claim their labor isn’t voluntary.  The article tells the story of Delmi Cruz, who along with her 11-year-old son Alexis [&hellip...
Apr
2015
6

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction

New Pew Research Reveals Dip in Number of Undocumented Immigrants Working Construction
  A recent Pew Research study found that since the Great Recession, the number of undocumented immigrants in the American workforce has not changed, but has shifted slightly in its makeup.  More undocumented workers now work white collar jobs while fewer work in the blue collar service, construction, and production industries.  62% of...
Mar
2015
10

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers’ Compensation System

New OSHA Report Exposes the Glaring Insufficiency of Our Workers' Compensation System
  A new report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job, places partial blame for the growing problem of income inequality on a faulty workers’ compensation system.  According to the Department of Labor (DOL), roughly 4 million serious...
Dec
2014
2

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand

Judge Green Lights Lawsuit Challenging the Tech Worker Visas Obama Wants to Expand
  Just one day after President Obama announced a series of immigration reforms via executive action, a federal judge greenlit a lawsuit that challenges a student visa program which the reforms would expand.  The program, known as Optional Practical Training (OPT), allows foreign born students who graduate from U.S. schools to be eligible to...
Oct
2014
31

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration

Alarming New Policy to Destroy H-1B Visa Data Will Stifle Research on Wages, Immigration
  A surprising and disconcerting change in data policy will make determining how H-1B visas affect American workers and the economy much more difficult. Data relating to the visas will now be destroyed after five years.  The change in policy was approved last year by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) but went largely...
Oct
2014
1

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic’s Working Conditions

LiUNA Partners With Immigrant Advocacy Group CASA to Improve Mid-Atlantic's Working Conditions
  The Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA!) and CASA, an immigrant advocacy group, have announced a partnership to help organize Latino construction workers and help them fight for their rights on job sites.  According to a report from BNA Construction (a subscription site), the new partnership will be called CASA-LiUNA! Mid...
Sep
2014
23

“I Called the Migra on You Guys”: Seattle Contractor Sentenced for Exploiting Undocumented Workers

  A Seattle contractor has been sentenced to three months in jail and fined $10,000 for breaking prevailing wage laws and abusing employees by reporting them to immigration when they asked to be correctly paid.  The contractor, Dathan Williams, had landed more than $1.1 million in contracts from the government before an investigation, which...
Apr
2014
23

AFL-CIO: Threat of Deportation Preventing Immigrants from Reporting Bad Bosses, Unsafe Working Conditions

  The AFL-CIO is calling on the Obama Administration to cease needless deportations in order to encourage immigrants to report unsafe workplace conditions and safety violations.  The labor lobby recommends that the Department of Homeland Security grant low-priority immigrants affirmative relief from deportation and work authorization.   The...
Oct
2013
9

Local Hire, Apprenticeship, Immigration Top Long Island Labor Federation’s Agenda

  The Long Island Federation of Labor is stepping up its political game in order to better serve the 250,000-plus union members who currently reside on Long Island.  Local hire, immigration and development are among the chief issues on the organization’s agenda.   Also in play is the Nassau County Executive election which came down...